Senior Governance Officer At Oxfam GB

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty.

Are you an experienced Governance Professional wanting to make a positive social impact on the world?

Do you want to join a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty?

We are looking for a Senior Governance Officer who will embody the values and aspirations of Oxfam at a pivotal time of transformation for the organisation.

The Role

You will be responsible for ensuring a strong framework is in place for efficient, effective, and transparent governance throughout the organisation, managed well between trustees and the executive

You will work support Oxfam GB’s Chair, Board of Trustees, governance committees and Leadership Team. It involves working closely with our lawyers and governance professionals across the global Oxfam confederation to ensure a coherent, consistent approach to achieve high standards of accountability, compliance, and transparency.

What we are looking for

Most of all, we’re looking for a candidate with integrity and resilience who can build mutual two-way relationships with the wider divisions and the Oxfam confederation. You will care about Oxfam’s mission to end poverty and are personally aligned to the values of empowerment, accountability and inclusion in all you do.

Our ideal candidate for the role will also be:

  • Experience of preparing, attending,and minutingat Board level in large or medium sized organisations (e.g.,with over 100 employees, over £30m turnover, or significant complexity)
  • Experience of working with Chair and Senior Executives
  • Experience in working in a team environment, with remote team members
  • Ability to give practical advice to leaders of an organisation on running an effective, culture-lead and transparent governance

We offer

This role will give you an opportunity to make a real contribution to the future direction of Oxfam GB. The role is pivotal to ensuring we have all the mechanisms in place to support a high quality, accountable and inclusive process.

At Oxfam, we see that a positive and supportive place to work is key, so you will join a group of passionate people who are aiming to put our values and ethos into all we do. We also see everyone’s growth and development as key, so will work with you to shape relevant opportunities to support your career journey. More about our benefits and commitment to staff can be found in a downloadable document titled Oxfam’s Promise.

We believe flexible working is key to building the Oxfam of the future, so we’re open to talking through the type of flexible arrangements which might work for you. The role may be suitable as full time, part time or as a job share. It will require some days in the office each month but could be mainly home-based.

If you want to talk to us about this role before you apply, please contact our Recruitment Advisor, Ash Pumma at

Our values and commitment to safeguarding

Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people, adults and beneficiaries with whom Oxfam GB engages. Oxfam expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.

The post holder will undertake the appropriate level of training and is responsible for ensuring that they understand and work within the safeguarding policies of the organisation.

All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks. Oxfam GB also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.

We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organisation and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

How to apply

As part of your online application, please upload your up to date CV and a covering letter explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile.

About us

Oxfam is a global community who believe poverty isn’t inevitable. It’s an injustice that can be overcome. We are shop volunteers, women’s right activists, marathon runners, aid workers, coffee farmers, street fundraisers, goat herders, policy experts, campaigners, water engineers and more. And we won’t stop until everyone can live life without poverty for good.

Oxfam GB is a member of international confederation of 21 organisations working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries.

In response to Covid-19 if you are offered a role where you are required to travel between countries please ensure you have been briefed by the Hiring Manager about any changes to working or precautions you should take as part of your role.

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